Definition of modular in English:



  • 1Employing or involving a module or modules as the basis of design or construction.

    ‘modular housing units’
    • ‘In the course of doing this, it has transformed itself into one of Britain's leading experts on designing, costing, project managing and financing modular construction.’
    • ‘We have a triple-wide modular unit that we are going to build up on and put a deck on.’
    • ‘Some assembly required: is modular construction an answer to the affordable housing problem?’
    • ‘A series of modular pieces tends to create a more relaxed style, where function and form combine informally.’
    • ‘As another example, consider the design requirements of modular playground equipment.’
    • ‘The machine is based on a series of modular units so that it can be set up to meet production requirements - and reconfigured to handle part changes.’
    • ‘It is one of those new modular units where you only plug in the power cables you need to use.’
    • ‘The helicopter is of modular design and aluminium and composites construction.’
    • ‘In the picture you can see one section of a modular design.’
    • ‘Equipped with low level perch seats to discourage beggars and stray animals from cuddling down, the shelters employ modular construction for fast assembling.’
    • ‘And modular construction, by being built in a factory with assembly-line workers, really helps partly solve the shortage of skilled labor.’
    • ‘Because of their modular construction these are easily replaced, enabling quick refurbishment and turn round.’
    • ‘After researching all aspects of the prefabricated housing business, they decided to focus on modular designs.’
    • ‘The vehicle is of modular construction which allows it to be fully air transportable on an A400M aircraft.’
    • ‘The International Space Station requires far more specialized modular construction than any previous spacecraft.’
    • ‘To create your own custom run of cabinets, simply combine two or more modular cabinets in the appropriate sizes.’
    • ‘On this note, it might have been beneficial to include a few of the artist's recent modular, design-oriented constructions of wood and paint.’
    • ‘The modular accommodation offered was designed to meet urgent needs, not to alleviate all the problems.’
    • ‘At its sprawling embassy compound, reopened after thirteen years, modular housing units are being installed to accommodate its growing staff.’
    • ‘Despite the potential savings, modular construction remains on the periphery of mainstream housing.’
    1. 1.1Relating to an educational course designed as a series of independent units of study that can be combined in a number of ways.
      ‘moves to make all Britain's vocational qualifications modular’
      ‘modular courses coupled with practical experience’
      • ‘The department had sought suggestions from the teacher-training colleges for a modular course to enable the estimated 280 primary teachers without qualifications to qualify properly.’
      • ‘These tend to be offered as an option on modular courses and generally provide an academic introduction rather than specific clinical skills.’
      • ‘The nature of the modular course means students only go on to the second year if they think they have a good chance of succeeding.’
      • ‘The Army's shift to modular units drives its training strategy to include a joint context in key training events so Army formations can rapidly contribute to the joint team.’
      • ‘We also kickstart corporate self-learners, providing high-quality, hands-on, modular courses.’
      • ‘Instead of one big final exam, the teenagers are being tested from the moment they start their sixth form career with modular exams at the end of each term.’
      • ‘The courses have become more modular, with more emphasis on coursework and continuous assessment, and less on exams at the end of two years.’
      • ‘He told the conference that a pupil taking nine GCSEs, in their modular form, could take 85 exams between the ages of 14 and 19.’
      • ‘Each of the 11 modular courses is presented from an integrated perspective by a multi-disciplinary team of course leaders.’
      • ‘And this occurred just after we had returned to teaching separate science GCSEs, after spending a considerable number of years teaching a modular combined science course.’
      • ‘Students have found this reference invaluable in pharmaceutical practice and for courses in herbal drugs, nutritional supplement therapies and the ten modular courses in our curriculum.’
      • ‘The college has an open learning environment helped by the modular structure of its courses.’
      • ‘Seminaries offer evening classes, weekend modular courses and occasional meetings in smaller cohorts in church basements.’
      • ‘We know the course will be modular, what the modules are and how long each is.’
      • ‘I found it really hard to get my head round modular exams, suddenly you don't go to period 3, you have an exam, then you go right on the period 4!’
      • ‘The courses are designed to be modular and scalable, so that teaching assistants and adjuncts can be slotted into courses as required.’
      • ‘The trend towards course work and modular exams certainly helps girls.’
  • 2Mathematics
    Relating to a modulus.

    • ‘The next logical step would be to investigate the tables corresponding to various operations in modular arithmetic.’
    • ‘One of the main reasons for including an introduction to modular arithmetic is that the two most popular public key algorithms use modular exponentiation as their basic mathematical process.’
    • ‘Complex multiplication and modular forms had been treated in the 19th century by Kronecker and Heinrich Weber, who discovered their link with class field theory.’
    • ‘Gauss in 1801 was to take Euler's work much further and gives a considerable amount of work on modular arithmetic which amounts to a fair amount of theory of abelian groups.’
    • ‘These problems form the basis of a conjecture: every elliptic curve defined over the rational field is a factor of the Jacobian of a modular function field.’
    • ‘Elliptic curves and modular forms are mathematically so different that mathematicians initially couldn't believe that the two are related.’


Late 18th century: from modern Latin modularis, from Latin modulus (see modulus).